Thread title taken from an awesome documentary of the same name. When I told my doctor I was about to go off anti-depressants (another doctor), he, almost as an aside, suggested that staying on them could be beneficial to my academic performance in grad school. Why? "Well, I know a lot of people take them because they help them focus and study. Something to think about." This was a doctor who, when he said it, was in the process of writing me a prescription for allergy meds; he could probably have his license taken away had I reported it. I was honestly shocked, and kind of appalled. But the more I thought about it, I've known plenty of people who've taken performance-enhancing drugs in one way or another (that is, if you take the phrase "performance-enhancing drugs" to mean "any supplement that helps a person with their profession"). Adderall to study. Beta blockers to calm their nerves. Sleeping pills help mere mortals get a good night's rest before a big game or a professional presentation. I've been guilty of it too. In undergrad, I had one particular class where a few beers loosened me up (no homo) and made for a better presentation. The people on the other end of the grade curve hated me, but when it comes down to it, how is that any different than a baseball player taking HGH to make it to the majors? It's the same concept, just a larger stage. (In an attempt to keep this somewhat civil, please don't turn this into a terrible debate. Not only does no one want to read a bunch of bickering, but it also isn't funny. Opinions are like assholes, and what not. Don't get personally offended.) FOCUS: Would you (or have you) taken what is loosely defined as "steroids"? Why or why not? Also, please explain your perception of the "steroids era." How has the increased testing in sports (or other professions) altered how you view your heros/entertainment? ALT FOCUS: Where do you draw the line? A cup of coffee or a Red Bull is OK because it makes you more hyper, but an amphetamine is a step up? Why? The Bird Man was expelled from his profession for "taking drugs," yet if he was diagnosed as ADD the same drug would have been ok.